Conversations Worth Having: Resilience and Engagement Strategies for Journalists

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August 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - August 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm EDT - Virtual Event


  • Session 1: Monday, August 17, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time
  • Session 2: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time
  • Session 3: Monday, August 24, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time
  • Session 4: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


  • Session 1: Priming Your Brain for Well-being and Resilience
  • Session 2: Asking Generative Questions
  • Session 3: Positive Framing for Resilience and Strengths-based Storytelling
  • Session 4: Connecting and Communicating in the Midst of Crisis and Change


One of the most noble responsibilities of a journalist is writing the first draft of history on deadline. But what happens when those deadlines become relentless and the world in which we live is consumed by constant crisis? How might journalists best inform, report, educate, and empower the communities they serve while personally dealing with both the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and the trauma of racial injustice?

In this webinar series, Conversations Worth Having: Resilience and Engagement Strategies for Journalists, we’ll explore:

  • Practices to recognize and self-regulate our natural stress response;
  • Habits that support well-being and resilience;
  • The art of asking generative questions to make room for diverse perspectives, stimulate creativity, deepen understanding, strengthen relationships, surface possibilities, and inspire productive and meaningful engagement;
  • The power of positive framing to lay the groundwork for personal resilience, healthy relationships, and strengths-based storytelling;
  • the importance of deep listening in crisis communications.

All journalists are invited to come ready to actively participate in each of these one-hour webinars.


You will walk away prepared to:

  • Recognize your response to real and perceived physical and emotional threats;
  • Create a new habit that supports well-being and resiliency;
  • Ask questions that foster images of hope, justice, healing, possibilities, and positive change;
  • Frame complex problems and challenges in a way that inspires collaboration, creativity, innovative ideas, and strengths-based storytelling;
  • Communicate more effectively with sources, community leaders, and colleagues;
  • Connect across cultures, differences, and perspectives.


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AI Practitioners

Caroline Comport is the founder of Narrative Quest, a leadership and personal development company with the mission of helping journalists and news media companies flourish.

Caroline’s programs draw on principles from Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry as well as her love of story—a passion that fueled her journey from editor in chief of her high school newspaper to an Emmy-award winning television news producer for The KTLA Morning News, and Tribune Broadcasting’s Washington DC News Bureau.

While working with an international media non-profit, Caroline guided the design of a coaching and leadership program that trained journalists from 30+ countries. She continues to develop training and mentoring programs for journalists around the world.

In addition to a bachelor’s in journalism from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, Caroline holds certifications in High Performance Coaching—a holistic methodology designed to help people accelerate their growth and develop new habits—and Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation—a research-based practice for fostering positive change at both the individual and organizational level. To learn more, go to:

Darren Abrahams is a singer, coach, therapist and trainer and is the creator of many programs designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups. He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of personal, cultural and community development, is a qualified trauma therapist, a Certified High Performance Coach and has appeared in opera all over the world. Darren is co-founder of The Human Hive which trains volunteers and professionals to bridge the gaps between people and of The Starr Trust which supports young people to fulfil potential through sports, arts and education. He is on the steering team and head of pastoral care for The Complete Freedom of Truth, an international youth-led project developing global youth citizenship through culture and the arts. Darren is also Wellbeing Adviser and an international trainer for Musicians Without Borders where he trains musicians to use music for peace building with refugees and in post conflict communities. You can find out more about him at

Jackie Stavros, DM is passionate about working with others to create meaningful results for positive change. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading. She is a professor in the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University and Advisor for David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

Jackie co-authored many articles and books with two recent books: Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement and Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement. She has worked across all sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. She has worked in 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to affect the lives of thousands or people and hundreds of organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance. For more about Jackie’s work go to:


Melissa Robaina – Center for Appreciative Inquiry
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